New chapter in push to promote page-turners
PARENTS want their children to spend more time with the heads stuck in a book as the battle against screen time continues to be fought.
The NT News and Australia Post are encouraging Australians to Raise a Reader this January, with the campaign across News Corp Australia newspapers, highlighting the importance of literacy skills among children.
As part of the campaign, children across Australia will be asked to write a letter to an Australian legend of their choice with the chance to win prizes from Australia Post and News Corp Australia.
Brothers Adrian, 8, and Eli, 7, Calarco are both doing their part in the cause for improved literacy. Adrian, an avid Lego lover, builder and collector, will be sending his letter to Amber Naismith, associate producer of the Lego film franchise.
His question? How the movie was constructed and how long it took to create.
Eli will write to sports star Tim Cahill, curious to know how old the pro footballer was when he began playing, how often he practised, and which trophy he prizes most. “I think it’s far better for their education and development to be reading and writing rather than using their devices,” dad Joseph Calarco said. “We read together every night – it’s positive family time for us. We’ve seen how it has given them great imaginations. It opens up new worlds.”
See Thursday’s paper for details on how to enter
Brothers Adrian, 8, and Eli Calarco, 7, are writing letters as part of the literacy campaign